Autopsy results released for missing boater

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Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:46 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 9:26 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The body of a missing Lake Murray boater was found Wednesday, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

On July 31, Terrance Butler, 31, of Edgefield, was reported missing near Acapulco Island and Dreher Island State Park after he went into the water and never came back.

On Thursday, state officials announced that his body had been found. An autopsy showed that Butler died from drowning, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

Butler was an employee with the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was also a Corporal in the National Guard and a father to a 4-year-old.

SCDNR said they found his body around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday near Dreher Island State Park. Officials said it was not a dive team recovery and his body was found by a surface search.

Investigators said SCDNR officers worked 12 hour days for the last 10 days in the search.

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